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Laser-based aircraft countermeasure provides ‘unlimited rounds’ against MANPADS

The Army expects later this year to reach a Milestone B decision with its laser-based common infrared countermeasures, or CIRCM, defense system program.

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E-9A Widget, one of a kind

The mission of the Air Force is like a highly complex machine. Each piece of the machine is vital to it operating successfully. The E-9A Widget is a very small, yet highly important piece to that machine.

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Orion parachute testing conducted at AEDC NFAC facility

Arnold Engineering Development Complex engineers at the National Full Scale Aerodynamics Complex assisted in recent testing of sub-scale parachutes for the next mission of the Orion spacecraft, Exploration Mission-1.

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Northrop Grumman delivers center/aft ‘shipset’ for first international EA-18G Growler

Northrop Grumman has completed and delivered to The Boeing Company a major subassembly of the first of 12 EA-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft ordered by the Royal Australian Air Force.

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Navy conducts production acceptance test of Tomahawk missile

The Navy's Tactical Tomahawk missile underwent a successful production acceptance test March 19 using functional ground test capability at Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division's Large Rocket Motor Test Facility in Indian Head, Md.


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Space station crew returns to Earth, lands safely in Kazakhstan

Posted  March 13, 2015

Three crew members returned to Earth March 11 after a 167-day mission on the International Space Station that included hundreds of scientific experiments and several spacewalks to prepare the orbiting laboratory for future arrivals by U.S. commercial crew spacecraft.

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First-ever Italian F-35a ‘rolls out’ of Cameri production facility

Posted  March 13, 2015

History was achieved March 12 when the first Italian F-35A Lightning II rolled out of the Cameri Final Assembly and Check Out facility, marking the first F-35A assembled internationally and the first of eight aircraft currently being assembled.

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Air Force releases investigation results on F-15D accident

Posted  March 13, 2015

U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa officials have released the results of the accident investigation into the Oct. 8, 2014, crash of a F-15D Eagle near Spalding, Lincolnshire, England. At the conclusion of the accident investigation, the board president, Col. Russell D. Driggers, found clear and convincing evidence that the mishap was…

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NASA spacecraft in Earth’s orbit, preparing to study magnetic reconnection

Posted  March 13, 2015

Following a successful launch at 10:44 p.m., EDT, March 12, NASA’s four Magnetospheric Multiscale spacecraft are positioned in Earth’s orbit to begin the first space mission dedicated to the study of a phenomenon called magnetic reconnection.

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Boeing updates NATO AWACS with 21st century flight deck, avionics

Posted  March 13, 2015

Boeing recently completed the first flight of a NATO Airborne Warning and Control System aircraft with modern flight deck and avionics systems that replace 1970s-era analog systems.

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New NASA mission to study ocean color, airborne particles, clouds

Posted  March 13, 2015

NASA is beginning work on a new satellite mission that will extend critical climate measurements of Earth’s oceans and atmosphere and advance studies of the impact of environmental changes on ocean health, fisheries and the carbon cycle.

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Rocket motor test moves NASA’s space launch system closer to deep space

Posted  March 13, 2015

NASA and Orbital ATK March 11 conducted the first qualification ground test of the five-segment rocket motor that will be used for NASA's heavy-lift Space Launch System, which is being designed to enable exciting new exploration missions throughout the solar system.

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NASA’s Hubble observations suggest underground ocean on Jupiter’s largest moon

Posted  March 13, 2015

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has the best evidence yet for an underground saltwater ocean on Ganymede, Jupiter’s largest moon. The subterranean ocean is thought to have more water than all the water on Earth's surface.

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Lockheed Martin solution for NASA’s CRS-2 designed for reliable space cargo delivery

Posted  March 13, 2015

The technologies behind Lockheed Martin’s proposal for NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services 2 program contain three major elements: a reusable space servicing vehicle called Jupiter; a large, versatile cargo container named the Exoliner; and a robotic arm.

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NASA challenge invites students to help design journey to Mars systems

Posted  March 13, 2015

College students have the opportunity to be at the forefront of innovation for NASA’s journey to Mars by designing systems for future space habitats and exploration systems through the agency’s Exploration Habitat (X-Hab) Academic Innovation Challenge.

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